Joel Diamond Experience ‎– Joel Diamond Experience

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NBLP 7168 DJ, NBLP 7168 Joel Diamond Experience Joel Diamond Experience(LP, Album, Promo) Casablanca, Casablanca NBLP 7168 DJ, NBLP 7168 US 1979 Sell This Version
CAM 5545 Joel Diamond Experience Joel Diamond Experience(Cass) Casablanca CAM 5545 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
CALP 5045, CA. LP 5045 Joel Diamond Experience Joel Diamond Experience(LP, Album) Casablanca, Casablanca CALP 5045, CA. LP 5045 Italy 1979 Sell This Version
NBLP 7168 Joel Diamond Experience Joel Diamond Experience(LP, Album) Casablanca NBLP 7168 US 1979 Sell This Version

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brunorepublic

brunorepublic

January 20, 2011
edited over 8 years ago
referencing Joel Diamond Experience, LP, Album, Promo, NBLP 7168 DJ, NBLP 7168

It's hard to say why this album falls flat without resorting to clichés like "soulless" "insincere" and "corporate". On the surface, it's got plenty of the ingredients that go into a great disco record: epic production; double-entendres; a gimmick (harmonica); reasonably catchy melodies; technical excellence. Yet somehow, none of these elements seem to do the work any favours. The whole thing comes across as contrived, bland, and... well, soulless. Released during the final days of Casablanca, it is all too typical of the flood of forgettable releases that came out on the label as Neil Bogart's empire imploded. There's nothing particularly horrible about this album, but there's really nothing memorable about it either. If anything, this serves as a good example of how top-notch production cannot salvage mediocre material.

One gets the impression that nobody involved in this record cared too much for the actual music, and they simply did it because disco seemed like a good way to make money at the time. Granted, many decent records have been made under similar circumstances and motivations, but the successful ones aren't so obvious about it.